what's in your bag? featuring risa's engineers

What's in Your Bag? featuring RISA's Engineers

A structural engineer's bag often contains an array of tools and equipment that aid them in their work of designing, analyzing, and overseeing the construction of buildings and other structures. While the contents of the bag can vary based on personal preferences and the specific tasks at hand, here are some common items that you'll find in our engineers' bags:

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  1. Laptop or Tablet: A portable computing device is essential for running structural analysis software, drafting plans, and communicating with colleagues and clients.

  2. Calculators: Engineers frequently need specialized calculators, such as scientific, graphing, or programmable calculators, to perform complex calculations quickly and accurately.

  3. Notebook and Pens: Taking notes during meetings, jotting down ideas, and sketching quick diagrams are all common tasks for an engineer.

  4. Portable Mouse: A a portable mouse can be helpful for navigating through digital drawings, documentation, and expedite tasks like zooming in/out, panning, and selecting in your software. 

  5. USB Drive or Cloud Storage: Engineers often need to transfer files between devices or share large project files with colleagues or clients.

  6. Structural Codes and Standards: Reference materials like design codes and engineering standards are crucial for ensuring designs comply with industry regulations.

  7. Smartphone: A smartphone with a camera helps document construction progress, potential issues, and can be used for reference your cloud documents.

  8. Chargers and Power Banks: Ensuring that devices remain powered is essential for uninterrupted work, especially during site visits.

  9. Water Bottle and Snacks: Staying hydrated and having quick snacks on hand can be important, especially during long days on-site.

  10. Business Cards: These facilitate networking and provide easy contact information exchange.

As technology continues to evolve, more engineers are transitioning to digital tools, making laptops, tablets, and software applications increasingly important components of their toolkit. If you are looking for a web based structural design application, check out our RISACalc. Take structural component design with you anywhere! Click the link below for more information!